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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-27-2016, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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Help needed installing rear brake pads

Hello, few weeks back I had my rear tire replaced on my 2011 Nomad and I noticed after the dealer installed the new tire that the rear brakes started making noise so I removed the rear caliper to inspect the pads and they look fine. Now, here is where my problem started, I am not by any means a mechanic, I can follow simple instructions and do oil changes and minor repairs but never did brakes. I am not able to install the pads back into the caliper. I have the service manual I don't know how the spring stopper goes to prevent the lower pad to move. I placed it I believe same way it was before but when I install the other pad if the lower pad moves the dang thing falls out. I appreciate your help, it is a beautiful day to ride and I am stuck with this!

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-27-2016, 03:41 PM
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Not familiar enough with the brakes on the 1700 to comment on your issue. But over the years I've had better luck installing the caliper bracket, then the pads and lastly the caliper. Hope that helps.
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Not familiar enough with the brakes on the 1700 to comment on your issue. But over the years I've had better luck installing the caliper bracket, then the pads and lastly the caliper. Hope that helps.
I tried doing that but same thing. The pad keeps coming out....

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Are you putting the slide pin in on the backside (of the pictures)? I'm not familiar with the Nomad brakes, but from the look of pic next to the diagram, the clip is on correctly, but you don't have the pin in to hold the pads. Put the pin in, then the clip?

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I tried putting the clip first and then the pin. I am going to try to do the pin first and then the clip.

I was following the service manual but there is nothing about the clip....

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I tried putting the clip first and then the pin. I am going to try to do the pin first and then the clip.

I was following the service manual but there is nothing about the clip....

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The Voyager brakes are the same as yours (same verbiage as your manual). The clip does go in before the pads (duh, I was thinking about the brakes on my previous bike). I think I know what your problem is, if I remember correctly . It doesn't mention it in the manual, but you have to pull the the caliper body towards the bracket and install the pin and snap pin for the pads to stay in place. If you don't get the snap pin in, the caliper body will push away and the pads will drop out every time.
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That was it! The pistons need to be pushed into the caliper for the pads to fit. Man how come the service manual says nothing about it! Noise is now gone, the dealer installed the clip the wrong way so it was probably touching part of the disc or something.

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That was it! The pistons need to be pushed into the caliper for the pads to fit. Man how come the service manual says nothing about it! Noise is now gone, the dealer installed the clip the wrong way so it was probably touching part of the disc or something.

Thanks a lot!
Yea! Glad I was able to help!

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